I am always wondering if there’s something holy between people, a formless thing, something that can’t be bruised

Monique Passion, Secret

I keep wondering what, in me, might be constant. I catch myself looking for that remainder, retracing my steps as if in search of lost keys. I am always wondering if there’s something holy between people, a formless thing, something that can’t be bruised… But maybe I really did sense something vague and holy in others’ eyes, something sacred in crowds, in a bus of people staring out their windows, watching life. There should be a middle ground between believing in a certain god and believing that some mysterious third substance was between people. Like churches, I thought, there should be a place for people who just weren’t sure. There should be a place for people who see something but won’t dare say what it is. Maybe there’s something, something between people that is more than air and empty space, something holy in that nothing between one face and another.

~ Catherine Lacey, from “The Answers: A Novel” (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, June 6, 2017)


Art: Monique Passicot, “Whispers“, 1991, colored pencil / graphite, 10x7in (via Hidden Sanctuary)

Comments

  1. The ability to be aware of our wondering seems like a very good place to start. 💛

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  2. That undefinable essence that lives within all of us – that we occasionally get to glimpse in another – yes.

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  3. i love this. i think we see this is various unexpected places – the glimpses

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  4. I do believe there is a heart connection between some that is an unspoken feeling. I trust that. Nice post David. 🌼💛

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  5. Can you imagine had there been nothing? Nothing holy in the eyes, nothing sacred in the crowds?

    Beautiful post and love the photo pairing 🙂

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  6. Nan Morrissette says:

    “there should be a place for people who just weren’t sure.”
    Yes.
    Thank you.
    Nan Morrissette

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